With a bevy of young talent, including Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, rumblings have already begun regarding the Minnesota Timberwolves' head coaching job and potential candidates this offseason.
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Report: Timberwolves Interested in Thibodeau
Thursday, Feb. 11
According to Derek James of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities, ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst revealed Thursday on Mike & Mike that there has reportedly already been contact between the T-Wolves and former Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau:
I transcribed Brian Windhorst's Timberwolves comments on Mike and Mike this morning. pic.twitter.com/0NGwg0Ywhc— Derek James (@DerekJamesNBA) February 11, 2016
Sam Mitchell is Minnesota's interim head coach, as he took over for the late Flip Saunders, and he has led the Timberwolves to a 17-37 record thus far.
While the Timberwolves appear well positioned to win over the long haul, assuming Towns and Wiggins live up to their potential, that job may not be Thibodeau's preference.
Per ESPN.com's Ian O'Connor, Thibodeau is reportedly partial to the New York Knicks, who fired head coach Derek Fisher on Monday:
Source close to Tom Thibodeau: "The #Knicks are the job he's always wanted. He would crawl to Madison Square Garden."— Ian O'Connor (@Ian_OConnor) February 8, 2016
In addition to being a Knicks assistant from 1996-2004, Thibodeau is reportedly a big fan of Carmelo Anthony, per O'Connor:
Tom Thibodeau is a big, big fan of Carmelo Anthony's. Thought he had him in free agency. Loved him w/ USA Basketball. #Knicks— Ian O'Connor (@Ian_OConnor) February 8, 2016
With Melo and youngster Kristaps Porzingis in the fold, Thibodeau may feel as though the Knicks can provide a winning environment as well.
The 58-year-old coach went 255-139 in five seasons with the Bulls and made five playoff appearances, but he was never able to reach the NBA Finals.
The Timberwolves would love to just make the postseason since they are currently on pace to miss out for the 12th consecutive year.
Minnesota desperately needs to strike gold with its next head coach in order to ascend from the NBA's basement, and while Thibodeau may be the man for the job, he is far from a lock at this point.
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